2009 Toyota Yaris Sedan Review

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2009 Toyota Yaris Review

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Six months ago you might been interested in a Toyota sedan because of its 30+ mpg gas mileage. after looking at your portfolio, interest stems the low price.

Cheer up. If you’re low-priced subcompact equals penalty box, you’re here. The Toyota Yaris feels much more than its hatchback siblings as a five-door model joins the this year) and offers all you need in a car.

If it doesn’t open for you as you walk up to it, park light your feet at coddle you once inside in sumptuousness, direct you with a navigation system, or perform any of the wonders of contemporary luxury the Toyota Yaris sedan perform all of the basic, important, car There’s plenty of room for real people, and maybe five for a while, there is than merely adequate for any driving challenge you’re to come across, and it doesn’t on standard safety equipment, anti-lock brakes, side and curtain airbags included in all this year.

Besides the five-door lift-back and standard ABS and full airbag for all versions, model year changes to the Toyota Yaris include availability of cruise in the lift-backs, satellite radio new color choices, and a new grille. If you have a nav system, a good one is every bit as good as one that is at a far lower price. And a road is even less expensive. if you’re thinking *that* you’re probably looking at a 3-door lif-tback with transmission and power nothing

is still from a 1.5-liter engine, matched to either a manual or four-speed automatic If that doesn’t seem much, a Toyota Yaris weighs around 2300 so the available 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of are just fine. It’s a torque motor, so the automatic no real penalty, and it’s to fearlessly tackle freeway and grades.

Ride comfort is than expected; the driving is not much different from of a Corolla or even Camry for the smaller size. Which has come parking time.

The Toyota Yaris sedan in base and S trim levels. S is sporty-looking than sport as an equipment and cosmetic upgrade, a semi-aero kit of front and rear and rocker panel extensions and the equivalent of the Convenience Package leather trim on the steering and shift knob.

I’ve spent a week with a Toyota Yaris sedan the automatic and more comprehensive Package after a week a high-performance sports-luxury sedan. is life, and the time with the Yaris was not automotive purgatory. it back-to-basics simplicity instead. And is absolutely nothing wrong that.

The Toyota Yaris does all that is necessary, and its duties very well. not a status symbol, but do you really a status symbol? Like a airline versus first it’ll get you there, for less.

Don’t look for sport, look for luxury, do look for Appropriate to its place in the Toyota lineup, the Toyota Yaris has all of the elements seen in the larger and Camry, but its proportions are more It’s the baby of the line, so is appropriate.

Like a human baby a big head, or a kitten with ears, the Toyota Yaris passenger cabin seems in comparison with the short and trunk. The roofline is totally extending back past the passengers’ heads to a steep, rear window. At the front, the T logo caps a bulge the grille, as also seen on the and Camry.

The grille has been slightly this year, and the single crossbar replaced by small, solid rectangular but the large, bright headlights, nose, and smile-shaped grille form a face that can be described as cute. At the sides, wheel covers over disc wheels are the order of the day for the Toyota Yaris. Large and a bright trim strip the license plate, the only on the car, highlight the tail.

That proportionally-large passenger implies space inside, and no illusion. If the style and materials are basic, and functional, so be it — it Well. The front seats of the Yaris are as good as those in cars a class or two above, and and the seat is height-adjustable, unusual in the low class. The rear seat, narrow, has more head and leg than is found in some expensive small luxury

Whether for kids, friends, or car it will happily hold two adults, or three for at least a distance. Up front the instrument is unusual, with the main placed at the top center, angled the driver. You’ll quickly get to it, and it forces you to move your more than with the instrument placement, a positive to driver attention and so safety. A steering wheel and air conditioning are equipment.

Optionally, as part of the Convenience or Power Packages, the seat can fold 60/40 for versatility. The Toyota Yaris Package adds an AM/FM/CD/MP3 jack input audio and rear defroster; the Power adds power windows, and door locks, upgraded trim, and cruise control to The windows aren’t one-touch and is no remote fob (let alone sensor) so you’ll have to put the key in the door lock.

You’ll live. and remember to and unlock the car and not lose the fob. space is reasonable considering and likely use.

SAFETY: does not mean unsafe. The Yaris protects its passengers a strong, reinforced cabin front and rear crumple adjustable headrests and three-point belts for all seating positions, and airbags with front-seat detection to determine passenger and consequent airbag deployment New for 2009, seat-mounted front and full-length side curtain are also standard, as are antilock

RIDE AND HANDLING: Solid and strategic use of high-tensile steel for without excess weight and sound-deadening materials to reduce vibration, and harshness give the Yaris sedan’s occupants a driving experience than Its MacPherson strut front, beam-axle rear suspension is moderately, with a good between passenger comfort and characteristics. A tight turning helps make parking and the power assist on the steering is for the car’s mission in life.

When 300 horsepower is not uncommon, how can a car get by only 106? Easily if it only weighs a little 2300 pounds. While no champ, and with a four-speed my Toyota Yaris test car had no merging with traffic or up hills, whether on the highway or roads.

There was still reserve at 70. The 1.5-liter twincam, 16-valve engine has VVT-i variable cam for lower emissions and a broader curve. Specs are 106 hp at 6000 rpm and 103 of torque at 4200 rpm, but in the manner it has strong, useful just about everywhere, so it to the wide-ratio four-speed automatic fine.

Uphill/downhill shift in the transmission control virtually hunting between gear on and I never found the need to manually. EPA mileage estimates are I averaged just over 31 mostly city driving and attempt to maximize fuel

CONCLUSIONS: The Toyota Yaris gives an honest, economical, driving experience. It’s all the car you may need.

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